Commercial Truck Accidents
Car accidents can be a frightening experience, especially when they involve larger vehicles like commercial trucks. Commercial trucks are several times heavier than a standard vehicle, and they can have massive momentum if they crash into you.
The injuries and damages caused by accidents involving a commercial truck are typically more damaging than a standard car accident. Commercial truck accidents are may not be as common as getting rear-ended, but they still occur and may require litigation.
Personal Injury Attorney for Commercial Truck Accidents in Montgomery County, TX
If you were involved in an accident involving a commercial truck and sustained serious injuries, or a loved one was killed in an 18-wheeler accident, you should contact Evans & Powell, PLLC today. Our attorneys will do everything in their power to ensure you receive fair and full compensation.
Evans & Powell, PLLCrepresents clients in communities in both Montgomery and Harris County such as Conroe, Spring, Montgomery, The Woodlands, Houston and many others. Call us today at (713) 622 - 2000 to have one of our attorneys review your case and answer any of your legal questions.
Overview of Commercial Truck Accidents in Montgomery County, TX
- Types of Commercial Truck Accidents
- Injuries from a Commercial Truck Accident
- Commercial Truck Laws and Regulations
- Additional Resources for Commercial Truck Accidents in Montgomery County, TX
Whether you get into an accident with an 18-wheeler, a flatbed or a tanker truck, the extent of the injuries and damages caused often depend on the type of accident that took place. Listed below are some of the most common commercial truck accidents.
- Cargo Spills: This can happen when the cargo on the truck falls off the trailer or bed and onto other vehicles or into the road causing drivers to crash into them. This typically happens when a trucker fails to check their load at the required intervals.
- Blind Spots: Just like what can happen in a normal vehicle except with a much bigger more dangerous vehicle, this can occur when another vehicle is in the blind spot of the truck and the trucker cannot see them.
- Head-on Collision: This usually happens when the trucker is distracted or fatigued and they cross the centerline hitting a passenger vehicle head-on. The results of a head-on collision are often fatal.
- Underride: This can happen when a passenger vehicle travels under the commercial truck from behind. The front of the vehicle can become wedged under the truck, typically resulting in mortality for those in the front seat.
- Jackknife: This occurs when the trucker applies the brakes and the trailer gets thrown off balance, causing it to swing perpendicular to the truck and collide with vehicles in adjacent lanes.
- Rollover: Similar to a jackknife accident, a large truck can roll over and become a dangerous obstacle to other vehicles on the roadway. This may happen when a trucker is driving too fast around a curve or over correcting errors.
- Tire Blowout: When the tires on a commercial truck blow while it is moving, the truck can become nearly impossible to control. If a trucker loses control of their truck, they could collide with other motorists.
Because commercial trucks are so much larger than passenger vehicles, the injuries sustained during the accident are typically more severe than those sustained in a regular vehicle accident. Listed below are injuries that could be sustained during a commercial truck accident:
- Head Injuries: Depending on the severity of the accident, a head injury can have lasting effects. Head injuries can range from mild concussions to traumatic brain injuries that can result in mental changes and death.
- Broken Bones: Because of the massive momentum that commercial trucks have, bones are more easily broken than in wrecks involving standard vehicles.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: Nerves in the spinal cord can become injured due to the impact of a commercial truck accident. These types of injuries are some of the most dangerous and potentially life-changing. Spinal cord injuries can cause loss of range of motion, numbness or completely paralyze the victim.
- Internal Injuries: Collisions with commercial vehicles can cause traumatic blunt force to internal injuries. These types of injuries can involve the liver, bladder, kidneys, spleen or pancreas and they can be life-threatening if not treated properly.
- Wrongful Death: Sometimes the injuries sustained in a commercial truck accident can result in death and may warrant a wrongful death claim on the behalf of the victim’s family.
The mentioned injuries often require emergency medical attention and treatment before a victim can completely recover. In some cases, victims may never fully recover and may have disabilities and impairments that will require ongoing medical care. Some of the medical treatment that may be needed following a commercial truck accident include:
- Emergency trauma care
- Home healthcare
- Physical therapy
- Surgical procedures.
Medical care can result in thousands of dollars in medical bills, causing grave stress to the victim. Some injuries may require the victim to take time off from work, which can result in loss of wages.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates commercial trucks across the United States, including Texas. Because of the dangerous nature of 18-wheelers and semi-trucks they are more heavily regulated than other vehicles.
Listed below are some of the regulations that commercial truck drivers must abide by.
392.3 Ill or Fatigued Operator: No driver shall operate a commercial motor vehicle, and a motor carrier shall not require or allow a driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle while the driver’s alertness or ability is impaired by fatigue illness or any other cause.
392.4 Drugs and Other Substances: It is forbidden form any commercial truck driver to possess, be under the influence, or use any of the following substances or drugs:
- Any schedule I substances
- A narcotic of any derivative; or
- Any substance that renders the driver incapable of safely operating a vehicle
392.6 Schedules to Conform with Speed Limits: No motor carrier shall schedule a run between two points in such a period that would necessitate the commercial truck to be operated at a speed greater than what is posted.
Truckers and trucking companies that do not appropriately follow commercial trucking laws and cause accidents, can be considered negligent per se. This means that the plaintiff does not necessarily have to prove that the trucker acted unreasonably, only that they broke the law, and are liable on that basis.
Texas Transportation Code- Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Standards– Visit the Texas Constitution and Statutes web page to read the chapter of the transportation code that governs commercial truck safety standards. The code includes rules all commercial vehicle must comply with, limitations to the rules and penalties for failing to comply with the rules.
Commercial Vehicle Highway Safety Guide– The Department of Public Safety and the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement have a guidebook with regulations that Texas commercial vehicle drivers must follow. Some of the regulations include qualifications of drivers and safety standards.
Lawyer for Commercial Truck Accidents in Harris County , TX
Bringing a suit for injury caused by a commercial truck accident can be a stressful experience, but with Evans & Powell, PLLC on your side, it doesn’t have to be. Our attorneys will negotiate on your behalf and do everything in their power to ensure the best possible outcome for your situation is achieved.
Call Evans & Powell, PLLC today at (713) 622 - 2000to schedule a free case consultation, or submit your information in the online contact form. We represent clients in communities across Montgomery County and Harris County such as Houston, Spring, Pinehurst, Oak Ridge North, Magnolia, Cut and Shoot and many others.